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Grave Digger is a monster truck created by Dennis Anderson and owned by FELD Motorsports. Anderson created the first Grave Digger in 1982 and drove the truck until he retired in 2017. Active for 39 years.

Anderson's family continues to be heavily involved, with members of the family serving as drivers and Anderson's shop, Digger's Dungeon, building and operating most of the trucks. FELD and Randy Brown Motorsports operate the remaining trucks. Before his retirement, Pablo Huffaker's Racesource also owned select chassis.

Alongside Bigfoot, Grave Digger is arguably the most famous and widely known monster truck anywhere in the world and is considered to be Monster Jam's flagship truck. The truck is also well known for its on-track rivalry with the Maximum Destruction team, especially when the trucks were driven by Dennis Anderson and Max-D founder Tom Meents; the two enjoyed a long-standing friendly rivalry due to their respective on-track success.

History

  • In 1982, Dennis Anderson built Grave Digger 1 as a mud racing truck using a red 1951 Ford pickup truck. The name came from a smack-talking session he had with his rivals ("I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it.").
  • Blue and silver Grave Digger in 1984. This design would inspire Grave Digger the Legend, which debuted 26 years later in 2011

    In 1984, Anderson rebuilt the truck as a true monster truck, replacing the red pickup body with a 1951 Ford panel truck in a blue and silver paint scheme. One year later, the iconic "graveyard" paint scheme, based on 1950's horror comics, debuted after Anderson commissioned his friend Fred to create the paint scheme.
  • In 1986, Dennis Anderson started racing monster trucks full time. The truck became very popular, despite not enjoying the sponsorship of trucks like Bigfoot (Which was sponsored by Ford). His first major victory was in Saint Paul, Minnesota, against Bigfoot two years later.
  • In 1989, Anderson debuted a new truck, Grave Digger 2; the body switched from the 1951 Ford Panel Van to a 1950 Chevrolet Panel Van, which has been used for all subsequent Grave Diggers except for Grave Digger 17. Grave Digger 1 was then driven by Dennis' brother, Les Anderson. Construction on Grave Digger 3 was also started.
  • In 1991, the first four-link suspension Digger, Grave Digger 3 was completed. In the same year, Grave Digger 4 was driven by Jack Koberna on the West Coast using an older King Krunch chassis, and a new leafer frame was built and #2's old racing gear was used on Grave Digger 5 as the new ride for Les. The first Grave Digger display truck, the street-legal Grave Digger 6, was also introduced.

Grave Digger's mascot character in USHRA Monster Wars

  • In 1993, Pablo Huffaker ran Jack Koberna's old Grave Digger 4 body on his Jus' Show N Off chassis for 10 shows, causing it to be mislabeled as such, while it was actually the ninth truck on the fleet. He drove this truck across the US together with Anderson's. Grave Digger appears on USHRA Monster Wars, where the truck was represented by a grim reaper mascot.
  • In 1994, the first Grave Digger ride truck, Grave Digger 9, was built. In the summer Grave Digger 2 was extensively modified to be used for a July 4th charity stunt where Dennis drove it across the Currituck Sound.
  • In 1995, Pablo Huffaker built Grave Digger 10 which would replace his old chassis.
  • In 1996 the second ride truck of the fleet, Grave Digger 11 replaced #9 after it was sold to Jake Blackwell.
  • In 1997 Grave Digger 12 would debut and become Anderson's main truck. Due to the elongated body to fit the chassis, the paint job was updated, adding purple mist, more detail, and setting the logo horizontally to take up more space.
  • In 1998, Dennis sold the team Grave Digger to Pace Motorsports (now FELD Motorsports). Despite no longer owning the truck, he remained its main driver.
  • In 1999, Dennis is injured during a crash in New Orleans, leading to Todd Frolik being placed behind the wheel of Grave Digger 12 later in the year. Robert Parker was replaced by former Excaliber owner/driver Charlie Pauken, who later sold his team.
  • In 2000, Anderson drives a rebuilt Grave Digger 7, which was nicknamed "Grave Digger 13". The truck and Anderson competed at Monster Jam World Finals 1 and won the freestyle championship with a score of 40, the highest and only perfect score in World Finals history. Todd Frolik is replaced by Norm Miller as the driver of Grave Digger 12 during February.
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Freestyle Grave Digger Monster Jam World Finals 2000

Grave Digger wins its first World Finals championship in 2000

  • In 2001, Anderson debuts Grave Digger 14 to replace "13". Gary Porter takes over as the driver of Grave Digger 12. Charlie Pauken drives Grave Digger 7 full time, as well as Rod Schmidt driving Grave Digger 8. Dennis Anderson and other Grave Digger trucks start to appear in 4 Wheel Jamboree events, along with Goldberg. Grave Digger 10 is retired.
  • In 2005, Scott Pontbriand officially retired from the sport. Carl Van Horn replaced him and drove Grave Digger 14. Childress left the team to drive Bulldozer. At the World Finals, Dennis made it into the final round of racing, only to lose to Madusa. Grave Digger 7 is retired.
  • In 2006, Chad Tingler replaced Van Horn and took over the reins of #14. Rod Schmidt took over #19. At the World Finals, Dennis won the World Racing Championship with the new truck he debuted at the start of the season, Grave Digger 20.
  • In 2007, Grave Digger celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Rod Schmidt took over Grave Digger 18 as Randy moved to #19. At the start of the season, Dennis suffered an injury in Minneapolis, and was sidelined until the World Finals. His son, Adam, would fill in for the rest of the 2007 regular season, even winning freestyle in his debut show driving Grave Digger 20. Dennis runs a handpainted, chrome body at the World Finals, where he would make it into the final round of racing, only to lose to John Seasock in Batman. He would get second place in freestyle; Grave Digger starts to appear in other 4 Wheel Jamboree events.
  • In 2008, no major changes were made to the team, but Adam would win the freestyle championship driving Taz, and Dennis set a then-record racing time on Vegas Style. It was later broken in 2016 and is the last year that Grave Digger compete in 4 Wheel Jamboree Events, due to the transfer of Monster Jam from Live Nation to FELD in September of 2008. FELD pulled their trucks from most independent events soon afterwards.
  • In 2009, Charlie Pauken's Grave Digger 15 was replaced by Grave Digger 22 and is subsequently retired.
  • In 2010, Dennis won the team's fourth World Championship at the World Finals with #20, and Pauken won his first and only World Championship in Freestyle driving Monster Mutt on Grave Digger 22. Gary Porter also competed on the Freestyle Mania tour until 2012. Grave Digger 14 is retired.
  • In 2011, Carl Van Horn returned to the team and debuted Grave Digger 23. Grave Digger 24 and 25 also debuted in the same year as the new trucks for Chad Tingler and Gary Porter respectively, retiring both 12 and 14. The same year, Grave Digger raced against the Shockwave jet trucks at several NHRA Nitro Jam events until 2012. Randy Brown was behind the wheel for the majority of these races. Two spin-off trucks of Grave Digger made their debuts this year: Grave Digger the Legend and Son-uva Digger, driven by Adam and Ryan Anderson, respectively. Son-uva Digger is considered as a part of the Grave Digger team while the Legend is not.

Four Grave Diggers crash into each other during the 30th Anniversary encore at World Finals 13

  • In 2012, Grave Digger celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Dennis runs two special 30th Anniversary bodies for the year, one purple and one green. Chrome versions of both would appear at that year's World Finals. Carl VanHorn suffers an injury part way through first quarter, with Darron Basl, Jon Zimmer, and Paul Cohen filling-in.
  • In 2014, 4 new Grave Digger trucks were unveiled. Grave Digger 27 replaced Charlie Pauken's old 22, 28 became Pablo Huffaker's new ride after Grave Digger 16 and 29 (didn't debut until December) debuted under Randy Brown retiring his old Grave Digger 19. Dennis also debuted Grave Digger 30, retiring his 7-year-old Grave Digger 20.
  • In 2015, Charlie Pauken and 27 competed in the Fox Sports 1 Series. After more than ten years of driving Grave Digger, Gary Porter left the team and moved to Carolina Crusher. His truck, 25, was then driven by Colton Eichelberger who competed in the More Monster Jam tour. Charlie finished 4th in his series while Colton finished 2nd. They both got automatic bids to the World Finals, thus three Grave Diggers competed in World Finals 16, with Dennis driving Grave Digger 30 in the normal paint scheme, Colton driving a purple Grave Digger 25, and Charlie driving a green Grave Digger 27. During the Path of Destruction Tour, Steve Brynes, a former Monster Jam announcer for TNN who passed away on April 21, 2015, was written on the Grave Digger tombstone instead of the usual "Dennis Anderson". BJ Johnson fills-in in Fresno.
  • In 2016, Chad Tingler left the team and was transferred to Alien Invasion early in the year retiring Grave Digger 24. A new chrome paint scheme debuted on Dennis Anderson's Grave Digger 30. Dennis's son Adam joined team Grave Digger and competed in the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series with Grave Digger 32, retiring Grave Digger the Legend in the process. Lifelong friend of the Anderson boys and former driver of Max-D, Morgan Kane joined the team after a trade from Max D to Grave Digger was made, hence, Colton Eichelberger was moved to the Max-D team while Kane took over the reins of Grave Digger 25. Adam's long time crew chief Cole Venard also joined the team and competed in the More Monster Jam (2016) series with Grave Digger 31 along with Kane which they would eventually win. Charlie Pauken, Pablo Huffaker, Randy Brown, Carl Van Horn & Jon Zimmer all continued to run their own Grave Diggers. At World Finals 17, Morgan Kane and Cole Venard debuted new paint schemes on their trucks. Kane would receive an orange scheme while Venard drives the purple scheme. Kane later won racing, while Adam Anderson won freestyle, both in their Grave Digger trucks; this caused a lot of controversy, as many fans claimed that the use of multiple Grave Diggers was an unfair advantage for the team, while others claimed that Adam's freestyle run was over scored. These complaints likely contributed to the implementation of JudgesZone.com at the following World Finals.
  • In 2017, Grave Digger celebrated its 35th Anniversary. Tyler Menninga joined the team and took over driving duties for Grave Digger 23. He ran the More Monster Jam tour along with Cole Venard and Grave Digger 31. Morgan Kane debuted a new truck Grave Digger 33 to replace 25. He along with Adam Anderson's Grave Digger 32 competed in the Fox Sports 1 Series. Dennis Anderson and Charlie Pauken ran the two Stadium Tours with 30 and 27, respectively, while Randy Brown and Pablo Huffaker competed in two of the other Arena Tours driving 29 and 28, respectively. The truck also received its first official female driver, Krysten Anderson, Dennis' daughter, who competed on the Central More Monster Jam Tour with the new Grave Digger 34. Cole left the team, just before the World Finals to take care of his newborn daughter, thus Randy took his place at said event, he would later return to the sport, driving The Black Pearl.
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      Grave digger Dennis Anderson Tampa 2017 injured

      Dennis Anderson's final freestyle at Tampa 2017

      In the first stop of Dennis' Stadium Tour in Tampa, Florida, he would suffer a career-ending injury after a failed backflip attempt. Carl Van Horn and Jon Zimmer filled in for the rest of his tour. On September 18, 2017, Dennis announced his full retirement from Monster Jam, stating he would still be behind the scenes at events and in the pits.
  • In 2018, the team ran eight trucks. Former Son-Uva Digger crew chief Brandon Vinson joined the team to take the place of Cole Venard in #30. Adam Anderson takes over as the main driver due to Dennis Anderson's retirement. Jon Zimmer left the team to drive Dragon full time, as he was supposed to in 2017 before Dennis's injury, while Carl Van Horn returns to serve as a fill-in for the team. Adam Anderson, Charlie Pauken, Randy Brown, and Morgan Kane each ran a stadium tour. Three drivers once again competed at the Triple Threat Series, Krysten Anderson on the west series, Tyler Menninga on the central tour, and Vinson on the east series. Pablo Huffaker runs an arena tour. Pauken and Kane won their Stadium Championship Series while Menninga wins his Triple Threat tour, earning them invites to the Monster Jam World Finals 19. Adam Anderson wins the World Finals 19 Racing Championship against Menninga. Pablo retired after his final event in Florence, SC on the weekend of May 5-6, 2018.
  • In 2020, the team remains unchanged. Adam drove in the Red Stadium Tour, Morgan in the Green Tour, and Charlie in the Yellow Tour. Tyler, Brandon and Krysten dove in the Triple Threat Series East, West and Central, respectively. Randy had drove once again to the Arena Tour. Tyler once again wins the Triple Threat Series East Tour, winning him a spot in World Finals XXI, which was later canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie, Brandon, and Randy would also be declared champions of their respective tours as they were in the points lead for each when the pandemic canceled the remainder of the season.
  • In 2021, due to a very limited schedule, most of the drivers are put on hold. Krysten keeps on driving, and Adam is temporarily transferred to Megalodon. Krysten and Adam both compete in the 2021 Stadium Championship Series with Krysten driving her Grave Digger and Adam driving Megalodon. Krsyten would end up finishing in last place at the end of series and Adam would finish in third place in Megalodon. After the Glendale shows, Adam would return to Grave Digger and Krysten would go back to driving at arena shows. Menninga runs the “Arena Tour” of 2021 with Adam as a touring partner of sorts. Vinson also runs a few arena events. A Grave Digger-sponsored NASCAR Ford Mustang driven by Kevin Harvick as a Father's Day present from Keelan Harvick was unveiled on June 16th, and Kevin drove it at the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville SuperSpeedway on June 20th. Harvick finished 5th.
  • 40th anniversary paint scheme that will be used for the 2022 season.

    In 2022, the truck celebrates its 40th anniversary, and every Digger truck runs a special 40th anniversary paint scheme for it. The trucks also debut purple beadlocks exclusive to anniversary bodies, likely as a tribute to Pablo Huffaker's Grave Digger chassis'. Tyler Menninga makes his first quarter stadium debut driving #39 on Stadium Series Yellow and Adam runs #35 on Stadium Series Red. For arenas, Weston Anderson makes his debut and drives #33 and later moves to #37 for the East Series, Krysten moves to #41 and drives on the Central Series, and Brandon moves to #36 and drives on the West Series. Charlie Pauken also moves to Monster Mutt on Stadium Series Yellow. All Digger trucks would dominate their arena tours and win their respective series, with Krysten Anderson notably becoming the first woman to win a Monster Jam points series. All competing Digger trucks, including Son-uva Digger, would be invited to World Finals XXI.

Drivers

Current Drivers

Former Drivers

Trucks

There have been 40 versions of Grave Digger to date (there is no Grave Digger 13 due to superstition regarding the number). The number of the truck is often displayed on the front of the hood.

  • Grave Digger 1 – Built in 1982 as a mud racing truck. Rebuilt in 1985 as a true monster truck. It is now on display outside Digger's Dungeon in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in poor condition.
  • Grave Digger 2 - Leaf-spring truck built in 1989, the first to use the 1950 Chevy body. The body was soon replaced with a fiberglass replica. Retired after a bad crash in late 1990 broke the frame. Was rebuilt with a new frame and the original steel body in 1994 to allow it to cross the waters of Currituck Sound in North Carolina as part of a charity stunt. Restored in 2016, it is now on display at Digger's Dungeon.
  • Grave Digger 3 – Built in 1991. The first tube-frame, four-link suspension Grave Digger. It became Nitro Machine, Inferno, then later sold to become Slag Hag.
  • Grave Digger 4 – A leaf-sprung chassis with fiberglass body run from 1991 to 1993 by Jack Koberna as a West Coast franchise of Grave Digger. Pablo Huffaker reused the body on his second Jus' Show N Off truck when he first began running as a Grave Digger driver in mid-1993, leading some to misidentify Huffaker's truck as #4, even though he started driving for the Digger team after the debut of #8.
  • Grave Digger 5 – Built in 1991, #5 was a leaf-spring truck that used a new frame with some running gear and the fiberglass replica body originally used on #2, leading to some confusion regarding its status.
  • Grave Digger 6 – A street-legal display truck, parts were reused for Ryan Anderson's mud-bogger
  • Grave Digger 7 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Driven by Dennis Anderson from 1992 to 1996. Revamped in 2000 by Anderson, after which it was nicknamed "Grave Digger 13". Anderson would win Monster Jam World Finals 1 Freestyle that year. Driven by Charlie Pauken from 2000-2001. Rod Schmidt from 2002-2004, and Chad Tingler in 2005. It now sits outside Digger's Dungeon.
  • Grave Digger 8 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger driven by Robert Parker in the mid-late 90's, Charlie Pauken in 1999, Rod Schmidt in 2000, and Scott Pontbriand from 2001 to 2003. Retired from competition, it became part of a museum exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. It was restored in 2019 and used as a display truck as part of Monster Jam Thunder Alley.
  • Grave Digger 9 - Ride truck built in 1994. Sold, and is now the Extinguisher ride truck.
  • Grave Digger 10 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger built and driven by Pablo Huffaker from 1995-2001. Also ran as Radical Rescue from 2002-2004.
  • Grave Digger 11 - Ride truck built in 1996. Later ran as Thrill Seeker, War Wizard, and Pure Adrenaline, then back to Grave Digger in 2012. The truck has since been running by FELD.
  • Grave Digger 12 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was to be driven by Dennis Anderson from 1996-2000, Todd Frolik and Norm Miller in 2000, and Gary Porter from 2001-2010. Most well-known for the longer wheelbase. It also ran as Grave Digger the Legend under Tony Farrell in 2011 before it was retired.
  • Grave Digger 14 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2001 to 2003, driven by Jason Childress and Scott Pontbriand from 2003-2004, Carl Van Horn in 2005, and Chad Tingler from 2006 until 2010, when it was retired due to extensive damage.

Grave Digger 14, with the 20th Anniversary body, and 17 in 2002

  • Grave Digger 15 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Charlie Pauken from 2001 to 2008. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 16 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger built and driven by Pablo Huffaker from 2002-2013.
  • Grave Digger 17 – Alan Pittman's Pro Modified Drag Racer, which ran a Grave Digger paint job as part of a sponsorship. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 18 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Driven by Randy Brown from 2003-2007 and Rod Schmidt from 2008 to 2012. The chassis later became El Diablo in 2013 and ran until 2015.
  • Grave Digger 19 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger, the first designed by Paul Cohen. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2004 to 2005, Rod Schmidt in 2006, and by Randy Brown from 2007 to 2014. Notable for its black wheels and silver beads.
  • Grave Digger 20 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Was driven by Dennis Anderson from 2005 to 2013, the longest and arguably most successful truck for Dennis. Dennis won nine straight stadium racing events with this truck. Retired after 2013.
  • Grave Digger 21 - Grave Digger Experience truck. Only has two wheels. People can climb into the cab of the truck and watch a video presentation.
  • Grave Digger 22 - Originally debuted as Batman in 2006. Became Grave Digger 22 and was driven by Charlie Pauken from 2009 to 2013.
  • Grave Digger 23 - Built in 2010 and was driven by Carl Van Horn from 2011 to 2016. Revamped in 2017 and driven by Tyler Menninga. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 24 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Driven by Chad Tingler from 2011-2015. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 25 - Four-link suspension Grave Digger. Driven by Gary Porter from 2011 to 2014 and by Morgan Kane from 2015 to 2016. This truck won the Monster Jam World Finals 17 Racing competition. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 26 - Was built in 2012 and driven by Jon Zimmer from 2013 to 2016. Became his second Dragon chassis.
  • Grave Digger 27 - CRD chassis built in 2013 driven by Charlie Pauken from 2014 to 2018. Now retired.
  • Grave Digger 28 - Was a Racesource chassis built and driven by Pablo Huffaker from 2014 to 2018. Retired from competition in May 2018 when Huffaker retired as a driver. It is now a display piece traveling with the Spin Master trailer/mobile display.
  • Grave Digger 29 - Cohen chassis built in 2014 and debuted just before 2015. Driven by Randy Brown until 2017. Currently serves as a backup Grave Digger and is used on international tours.
  • Grave Digger 30 - Cohen chassis that debuted in 2014. Driven by Dennis Anderson from 2014 to 2017. Revamped for 2018 and driven by Brandon Vinson for that year, then retired.
  • Grave Digger 31 - Cohen chassis race truck. Driven by Cole Venard from 2016 to March 2017. Taken over by Randy Brown for the 2018 season, then driven by Brandon Vinson for 2019. Retired after World Finals XX.
  • Grave Digger 32 - Cohen chassis race truck. Built in 2014 as the second Grave Digger the Legend chassis. Driven by Adam Anderson from 2016 to 2017. The truck won Adam's second freestyle championship. It was given to Tyler Menninga in 2018, then retired after that year.
  • Grave Digger 33 - Cohen chassis, driven by Morgan Kane from 2017-2020. Driven by Weston Anderson until its retirement in 2022, after a crash in Hampton, VA, put the truck out of service.
  • Grave Digger 34 - CRD chassis, driven by Krysten Anderson from 2017 to 2021. Retired following heavy chassis damage in Glendale, AZ.
  • Grave Digger 35 - Cohen chassis unveiled at SEMA 2017, driven by Adam Anderson since 2018, winning Adam his third racing championship.
  • Grave Digger 36 - CRD chassis driven by Tyler Menninga from October 2018 to 2021, and by Brandon Vinson since 2022.
  • Grave Digger 37 - CRD chassis that Randy Brown debuted in South America 2018. The chassis has since been used for overseas displays and competition. Driven by Weston Anderson since 2022 in replacement of Grave Digger 33.
  • Grave Digger 38- CRD chassis that Morgan Kane debuted in late 2018 arena shows, and his been driven by Charlie Pauken since 2019.
  • Grave Digger 39 - CRD chassis that Randy Brown debuted for the 2019 Arena Championship Series. As of 2022, Tyler Menninga drives this truck.
  • Grave Digger 41 - CRD chassis that Brandon Vinson debuted in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2019 and ran for the 2020 Triple Threat West. Krysten Anderson took over driving it in 2021 following the retirement of #34.

Unofficial trucks

Version

Information
Grave Digger's Boneyard Shuttle A school bus-based ride truck themed to match the team.
K'nex Grave Digger Built in 2012; a display truck built entirely out of K'nex pieces.
Grave Digger 25.5 A black FELD chassis piloted by Paul Cohen in the 2012 Lexington, Kentucky, shows.

Championships

  • 1999 - Dennis Anderson (Points)
  • 2000 - Dennis Anderson (WF Freestyle)
  • 2002 - Dennis Anderson (Points)
  • 2003 - Randy Brown (Points)
  • 2004 - Dennis Anderson (WF Racing)
  • 2006 - Dennis Anderson (WF Racing)
  • 2010 - Dennis Anderson (WF Racing)
  • 2016 - Morgan Kane (WF Racing and AMSOIL West), Adam Anderson (WF Freestyle and FS1 Series), Cole Venard (AMSOIL East)
  • 2017 - Cole Venard (Triple Threat - West), Tyler Menninga (Triple Threat - East), Randy Brown (Arena Tour #4), Pablo Huffaker (Arena Tour #5), Charlie Pauken (Stadium Tour #4)
  • 2018 - Charlie Pauken (Stadium Championship Series 2), Morgan Kane (Stadium Championship Series 3), Tyler Menninga (Triple Threat - Central), Adam Anderson (WF Racing)
  • 2019 - Tyler Menninga (Triple Threat - West), Brandon Vinson (Triple Threat - Central), Adam Anderson (Stadium Championship Series 2), Randy Brown (Arena Tour)
  • 2020 - Tyler Menninga (Triple Threat - East), Brandon Vinson (Triple Threat- West), Randy Brown (Arena Series), Charlie Pauken (Stadium Series- Yellow)

Body designs

  • Red pickup - Original GD body from 1982-83. It has been released as a Hot Wheels and Spin Master toy, and a replica debuted at the World Finals 11 encore. The original truck's body reportedly cost $50.
  • Blue & grey panel truck - Second GD body from 1984. The body is based off of the fact that most farm vehicles in the area were blue and grey, so Dennis got a free paint job as a result. It has also been released as Hot Wheels and Spin Master toy, and was also used in the World Finals 11 encore. It later became the basis of Grave Digger the Legend.
  • Graveyard - Debuted in 1986. This design is currently used to this day, with several changes over the years. The body would change from a 1951 Ford panel van to a 1950 Chevy panel van in 1989.
  • Grave Digger 20th Anniversary - A body run by Dennis Anderson in 2002, to celebrate Grave Digger's 20th Anniversary.
  • Green Ghost - This body was the same as the normal one, but the grey/purple ghost has been replaced with a green one with red eyes. This version also had a special roof design. Dennis would win racing at the World Finals running this design in 2006.
  • Chrome 25th Anniversary Grave Digger - A special, hand-painted, chrome body, run by Dennis at the World Finals in 2007, to celebrate Grave Digger's 25th Anniversary.
  • Grave Digger 30th Anniversary - Two trucks run by Dennis in 2012 to celebrate Grave Digger's 30th Anniversary, one green and one purple. Both were similar to the standard body, but instead of the standard ghost, a grim reaper was present, the flames were colored silver, the logo was changed, and the roof had a special tombstone design. Chrome versions of both with a 3D grim reaper appeared at the World Finals. The fleet body was the same as the normal design, but with a 30th Anniversary logo on the side.
  • Green - A version of the standard design, with the black replaced by green and with purple flames. This design was run by Charlie Pauken at World Finals 16.
  • Purple (WF 16) - A version of the standard design, with the black replaced by purple. This design was run by Colton Eichelberger at World Finals 16.
  • Silver - A version of the standard design, with the black replaced by chrome. Dennis would run the design during 2016.
  • Orange - A version of the standard design, with orange flames and chassis, driven by Morgan Kane at World Finals 17. Kane would win racing running this body.
  • Purple (WF 17) - A version of the standard design, with purple flames and chassis, driven by Cole Venard at World Finals 17.
  • Grave Digger 35th Anniversary - There was no special design run for the year, though there was a 35th Anniversary logo on the roof. According to Adam, special bodies for the trucks competing in the World Finals were planned, but never came to be.
  • Grandma - A replica of the first Graveyard design that ran from 1986 to 1998, run by Charlie Pauken in the World Finals 13 encore on Grave Digger 22. It was also run, 5 years later, by Krysten Anderson in the World Finals 18 encore on Grave Digger 34.
  • Fire - A version of the standard Grave Digger design in which the green is replaced with orange and red and the graveyard is set on fire. Made its debut at the racing encore for World Finals 20 with Charlie Pauken driving it on Grave Digger 38. It later ran again under Pauken at the 2019 All-Star Challenge.
  • Ice - A version of the standard Grave Digger design in which the green is replaced with light blue and white and the graveyard is covered in snow. While originally a toy, a real-life version debuted under Krysten Anderson at 2019 All-Star Challenge on Grave Digger 34.
  • Grave Digger 40th Anniversary - A modified design run in 2022 to celebrate Grave Digger's 40th anniversary. A stacked, slightly arced version of the name is placed on the upper corners of the body panels, and a "40th" logo is on the door panels replacing the haunted house and moon of the standard design. Additionally, it features a special roof design.
  • Grim - A custom Hot Wheels Monster Jam toy released in 2004-2006. The truck has an older Grave Digger logo and has the Grim Reaper on the side of it. The truck was also released with a chrome body. Neither design ever ran on an actual Grave Digger monster truck in real life. It's unknown if it was ever planned to be made in real life.

World Finals Appearances

  • 1999 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2000 - Dennis Anderson (won freestyle)
  • 2001 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2002 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2003 - Pablo Huffaker
  • 2004 - Dennis Anderson (won racing)
  • 2005 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2006 - Dennis Anderson (won racing)
  • 2007 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2008 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2009 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2010 - Dennis Anderson (won racing)
  • 2011 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2012 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2013 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2014 - Dennis Anderson
  • 2015 - Dennis Anderson, Colton Eichelberger (purple), Charlie Pauken (green)
  • 2016 - Adam Anderson (won freestyle), Dennis Anderson (chrome), Morgan Kane (orange; won racing), Cole Venard (purple)
  • 2017 - Adam Anderson, Tyler Menninga, Morgan Kane, Randy Brown (DDS: Krysten Anderson)
  • 2018 - Adam Anderson (won racing), Tyler Menninga, Morgan Kane, Charlie Pauken (DDS: Krysten Anderson, Brandon Vinson)
  • 2019 - Adam Anderson (Main and Two-Wheel Skills), Tyler Menninga (Main, Two-Wheel Skills, Speedsters, and ATV), Brandon Vinson (Main, Two-Wheel Skills, Speedsters, and ATV), Randy Brown (Main), Morgan Kane (Main), Krysten Anderson (DDS)
  • 2022 - Weston Anderson (Main), Tyler Menninga (Main), Brandon Vinson (Main), Adam Anderson (Main), Krysten Anderson (Main + High Jump)

All-Star Challenge Appearances

  • 2019 – Team Ice: Krysten Anderson, Team Fire: Adam Anderson, Tyler Menninga, and Charlie Pauken.

Video Game Appearances

Digger's Dungeon

Outside of Digger's Dungeon. A retired Grave Digger is displayed on its nose

Digger's Dungeon in Poplar Branch, North Carolina, serves as the official home and workshop of Grave Digger. It houses other various FELD vehicles from time to time. It features a gift shop and museum of various Grave Digger parts, trophies, and merchandise. The Digger's Diner restaurant sits nearby, with autographed Grave Digger hoods on the interior ceiling.

Trivia

Screenshot of the now-defunct Grave Digger website, circa August 30, 2013

  • An official website dedicated to Grave Digger used to exist, though it was closed in early 2017 and the URL now redirects to the truck's page on the official Monster Jam website.
  • Each truck body is hand painted and lettered by New Jersey native Jim McShea.
    • As a result, no two Grave Digger bodies are the exact same. The fog designs are slightly different, akin to the lightning designs on Blue Thunder.
    • The original Grave Digger body cost $500 to be hand-painted by airbrush.
  • Grave Digger is one of 3 trucks owned by FELD that was sold to them, rather than created by them (The other 2 being Bulldozer and Son-Uva Digger).
  • The tombstones on the side of Grave Digger represent many different things:
    • Trucks that Grave Digger has defeated in racing throughout the years
    • Anderson family drivers that have competed in Monster Jam tours (Dennis on his own tombstone, Adam, Ryan, and Krysten on one tombstone)
    • Spin Master, Monster Jam itself, Monster Jam's website and the defunct Grave Digger website.
  • Huffaker's Grave Digger trucks can often be identified by the red shocks, purple bead locks, and a shorter wheelbase than other Grave Digger trucks.
  • Grave Digger is the only truck that has been released every single year in both the Hot Wheels and Spin Master Monster Jam toy lines. Along with El Toro Loco and Blue Thunder, the truck has also appeared in every Monster Jam video game to this day and is the only truck to be in every single game licensed by the USHRA, along with some other games, namely the Monster Truck Madness series.
    • By definition, this makes the truck one of two FELD-owned trucks that have officially been in the same game as Bigfoot, the other being Bulldozer.
  • Grave Digger is one of the few trucks to have competed in every Monster Jam season since the official start of the league in 1992.
  • The trucks' theme song, "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, is also the truck's motto. The tolling bell in the intro of "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC is also used before the truck comes out.
    • However, this wasn't always the case. Its original slogan was "We ain't bad but the bad don't mess with us!!", then "We're not the baddest but the bad don't mess with us!", then later became "Bad to the Bone".
    • Ironically, both the truck and its theme song were made in 1982.
  • In 2002, for the trucks 20th Anniversary, an original theme song was written for the truck, named "Six Feet Under". It was made by FirstCom Music, who also made themes for Team Meents, Power Forward, and Gunslinger. It is unknown if the song was ever used at an event, though it was in the end credits of the Grave Digger 20th Anniversary VHS.
  • Over the years the truck has had many fill-in drivers including: Tom Meents, Jim Koehler (Philadelphia 2003), Marc McDonald (Indianapolis 2014), Daron Basl (Portland 2012), Eldon DePew, Paul Cohen (various 2012), Mike Vaters and others. Jon Zimmer also served as a fill-in before becoming a full-time member.
  • Grave Digger 37 was the first Grave Digger to debut overseas for the 2018 Latin American Tour.
  • At SEMA 2017, Grave Digger's iconic ghost had flames added to its eyes and was displayed with its original zoomies. A year later, for promoting a 2018 NBC special, Jim McShaw painted the NBC Logo on one of the tombstones of a Grave Digger body. These designs were reverted back to normal and were never run at any events.
  • Dennis Anderson was the only Team Grave Digger driver to win multiple world titles until 2013, when Adam won his second title in Grave Digger the Legend. The truck has had a total of 7 World Championship Titles, and the team as a whole has 12 championships as of 2020 (Adam has 5, Dennis has 4, Morgan, Charlie, and Pablo all have one each).
    • Grave Digger is also the only truck so far to have multiple drivers win World Finals Championships in it (Dennis, Adam, and Morgan Kane).
  • Grave Digger is the only truck so far to have both a Fire and Ice version.
  • There are constant debates on if #5 should be considered its own chassis or not, despite the fact that the frame was specially built for it, and #2 never moved from its Currituck chassis.
  • While there was never a Grave Digger 13, #12 was actually the 13th chassis to run as Grave Digger because of Pablo's running his Jus' Show N Off #2 as a Grave Digger truck. Grave Digger "13" did not turn out unlucky after all, as the chassis just stood out for being Grave Digger's longest tenured tube chassis, and the first to feature purple fog.
  • Adam Anderson temporarily shelved his Grave Digger truck in 2021 as he switched to Megalodon on a spare CRD 3.0 chassis but returned to Grave Digger 35 at Indianapolis on June 12-13, 2021. He proceeded to celebrate his return to GD 35 by winning the Freestyle at Indy 1 by 0.014 points (9.513 to Linsey Read's 9.499), the Indy 1 Event Championship by virtue of freestyle tiebreaker and win the Indianapolis 2 racing event.
  • Ryan Anderson is technically apart of the Grave Digger team, but is considered separate from the core members, running his own truck instead of a Grave Digger.
  • Grave Digger is the only FELD-owned truck to be present at every Monster Jam World Finals. and is only one of two in total to make it to every World Finals. The other is Avenger.

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